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Majora avatar 6:54 AM on 12.02.2008  (server time)
A Time To Destroy- War Of The Monsters

There was quite a few titles i could of used to this months musing but i thought id pick a slightly more obscure title which with the right advertising probably could of sold a good bit more.

Made 5 yeas ago this was a game that i found a small demo of in a playstation magazine.
Me and my best mate played this demo for hours. we could pit a 10 storey King Kong clone againt a big eyeball electricity dude in a city to the death.Destroying anything in each others way with recless abandon.
Soon the game came out and it was a day one buy. It was preety much like Power ranger zord fights but with much more kicking the crap out of each other whilst also taking out skyscapers and treading on people. It was awesome

The game is set in the 1950s and with this the art style reflects this giving the player the old style buildings,structures and billboards to throw your enemy through from that decade.It gave massive stages to kick the crap out of each other and eventually level.

The game pays homages to classic science fiction monster movies its its own versions of old icons. it has Congar(King Kong) , Ultra V (A ultraman style mech) and of corse Togerra(A godzilla clone) there were many other monsters each with their own strangths,specials and weaknesses.Coupled with costumes each there was a lot to pick before you throw someone through a museum.

It played very like a 3d 4 player version of Rampage where you fought each other in a free roam environment and what happend to be destroyed in the process was just collateral. The camera would be usually splitscreen but with some weird voodoo technology when you fought close up the screens would merge the two so you could fight close with one camera similar to godzilla destroy all monsters melee albeit a faster more fun version.
In the Levels Almost anything could be used as a weapon,taxis,rocks,poles,boats almost any rubble or grabbable(i love the tiki mask shield and flamingo statue pole) If you picked up a girder you can home run your opponant with ease, how about using a petrol tanker as a crude explosive projectile?. One of the great weapons was radio towers and poles, if u climbed atop a tower a radio tower could be picked up and then throw miles into your foe impaling them briefly,for your to jump over to them and then beat them down as they are stunned and kick them into a carpark.
With all this power you need good things to knock down and eventually flatten.And the levels delivered.

The levels gave a lot of variety into the fights Each had there own style and some had environmental effects such as erupting volcanoes that kicked ass. A simple map Gamblers Gulch is a Las Vegas style city , where you can run dow the strech to ram monsters into casinos and pagodas and pick up a fake pirate ship and throw miles into your friends lizards face, Tsunopolis is a Tokyo style level where if a projectile may be "accidently"thown at a Ufo nearby the island it will angily shoot a laser independance day style into the sea causing the tsunami in the stages name sweeping away all the players not on a building. Another stage was a power plant level which had a main pit where a nearby button could be pounded to fill the middle with lava,In the middle of this was a platform that charged your special attacks as you stood on it to be spammed relentlessly, with Ultra V you could rape your opponant with his special on this stage, you would press the lava button jump onto the middle platform and repetedly grab pull your opponant into the lava with his special grapple hook attack and a kill could happen in about 6 seconds.

My favourite level which is probably Baytown, this huge hilled level was preety much Sanfransico it was a massive stage which you could smash foes through any of the many building, lauch of cliffs, fight in the sea, and best off all cause a MASSIVE earthquake. Probably the hardest thing to achieve on the game , if you "happend" to destroy solely 70% of the level before your opponant could a massive quake would happen causuing massive bottomless pits to appear and buildings to turto rubble and pretty much most of the other builldings sink into the ground causing the game to become a lot more dangerous as you have to jump across pits and dodge attacks.
I loved this game and it had alot to it, there was loads of wasys to kill your foe and it could provide easy laughs if a building happend to somehow fall and instant kill you.
I have played this game almost as much as i played smash brothers melee back then. seeingit was very competative it went well with my friends.and most of all i have to say firing a mini nuke missile from your back into a massive monkey into a tower is awesome =]
I wish more people would of been able to try this full game, i know many tried the demo but the amount of win in the full game was amazing.Brought back memories of Rampage for me just with a lot more rivalry and destruction.And monsters =]

p.s Robo 47 is ace

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